Wednesday, February 17, 2016

New California Organic Seed Network

Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) is undertaking a California-wide project to help organic specialty seed producers improve their production practices, market access, and the supply of seed adapted to organic growing systems.
The program will:
  •       Create face-to-face networking opportunities for seed producers and buyers
  •       Develop a web database to allow buyers to communicate their needs and producers to share records on seed inventory, pricing, crop yields, and trial and breeding results
  •       Produce and distribute marketing materials to promote the value of California organic specialty seed 
  •      Support the development of five regional seed hubs across the state 

Current and aspiring seed producers are encouraged to connect with their regional hubs to:
·      Attend regional seed production workshops and field days
·      Apply for scholarships to attend a three-day Seed Biology, Production and Quality course and a five-day Seed Business 101 horticulture course at University of California- Davis
·      Access specialty seed production equipment through tool sharing hubs (each hub will determine its equipment needs)
Contacts for Regional Seed Networks

South Coast                             Rick Machado, (San Diego)
Bay Area                                Steve Peters, (San Matteo)
Sierras/Sacramento              Rowen White, (Nevada City)
Northwest                              Jared Zystro, (Arcata)
Northeast                                Leyla Cabugos, (Chico)  or
                                               Kalan Redwood, (Manton

The California network of regional Seed Hubs is coordinated by Organic Seed Alliance and supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service through Grant 15-SCBGP-CA-0046. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the USDA. 

For more information, please contact Jared Zystro at or Leyla Cabugos at